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Monthly Devotional, June 2020

Dear OSLC,

Now it is June. We’ve been dealing with the pandemic for over two months now. It is no longer new, but still the end is not in sight. We are somewhere in the middle. So far, the middle is not a very nice place to be. Some of our businesses, organizations, and houses of worship are reopening and some are remaining closed. There is disagreement and hostility between levels of government on what is acceptably safe or unsafe. Sadly, people around the country feel compelled to choose one side over the other, and be for something and against something else, even though there truly is only one side that we are all on – humanity. This middle time is proving to be a time of frustration, impatience, anger and division, and I worry that the middle is going to last for a while. The middle is messy.

In times of messiness, we turn to scripture for comfort, perspective, and wisdom. The Bible tells us about times when people experienced hardship and uncertainty. The book of Exodus teaches us about people living through a middle time.  We learn that Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. If we look at a modern day map, we can see that they didn’t really have that far to go, but it took them 40 years.  For long stretches of time it seemed like they weren’t really going anywhere, or making any progress. Previously, when they were living in slavery, the agenda was clear- escape Egypt and go to the promised land. The beginning was clear and the end was clear, but the middle was uncertain. Once they were freed, things became murky. They only had food for one day at a time, and their only guidance was a cloud by day and fire by night, and neither the cloud nor the fire explained where they were going. They became frustrated and angry. They yelled, grumbled, and were rebellious. Indeed the middle was not a nice place to be. The middle was messy and stressed them out.

But God was with them in the wilderness during the middle time. God guided them. God inspired their leaders. God provided food and water. God healed their sicknesses. God disciplined them and taught them and loved them. God taught them how to be a people, how to be a community, how to treat each other, and God taught them about faith. Just so, God is with us in our middle time. Even when we disagree on what to do next and how to do it. Even when we get frustrated, impatient, or even angry, God will remind us that God is in our midst, continuing to lead and care for us. And God will eventually bring us to where we need to be. Remember – God makes promises and God keeps those promises.

My prayer to God and my request to you is to be abundant in grace. Be generous to each other. Be patient with each other. Listen to each other. We should constantly be asking ourselves, “What does all this mean, and how can we use this time to further our relationship with God and our neighbors?” God does work to bring something good out of the bad times.

As we prepare to emerge from this messy middle time, I am assembling a new committee of people who will work towards making plans for how to assemble safely for worship and ministries for the coming months or longer. This team will also work closely with other churches and leaders to discern when it safe to gather again for worship. Notably, we will not gather until is safe to do so.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik

Devotional: Memorial Day Weekend

John 10:10b I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

This Monday is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is a day often honored by getting together with groups of loved ones. This year, many people will honor it a bit differently because of restrictions on travel and gathering. Perhaps though, with a bit less noise and busyness, we can ponder more of the somberness of the day and where God fits in with it.

First, some context, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday in 1971, but dating in practice back to shortly after the Civil War. It is a time to rest from work and the routines of our week in order to create an intentional time to remember and honor those who have died in service to their country. Also, it is a time to hear and tell stories about the sacrifices of actual people which enables the younger generation to attach a face to a name. Importantly, making this day more than just a series of memories will help us all to keep from making war an abstraction. Hopefully, when we hear and tell these important stories we will be inspired to actions of peace, patience, and solidarity so that in the future others will not have to make the same sacrifice.

In this sense, Memorial Day should not be merely a vacation, a time to go to the lake, or a long weekend, but a time to renew our sense of gratitude for those who have served their country, and for the freedoms we enjoy because of that service and sacrifice. And it can also renew our own sense of commitment to working for a world that is committed to justice and peace.

Sincerely~ Pastor Erik

Devotional, May 15, 2020

Today’s Devotional is from Pastor Erik ~

Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer let your requests be made known to God.
Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.
1 Thessalonians 5:17. Pray without ceasing.
James 1:5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given to you.
James 5:13 Are any among you suffering? they should pray.
James 5:16 The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

When we don’t know, pray. Strange times in which we are living. The uncertainty of this time bothers me. It bothers me as a pastor. It bothers me as a father. It bothers me as a son. It bothers me simply as a person who lives and participates in society. This past week, I’ve been speaking with people about church and the question that keeps coming up is, ‘When will we gather again for worship?’ This question is being asked along with several other follow up questions like: “When we will we be able have communion again? What about confirmation this next year and other youth events like the youth gathering next summer. What about the stuff sale and 25 cent clothes sale? When…

Perhaps the hardest thing for me and I think most people is to say the words and admit the fact, “I don’t know.” But that is the truth. I don’t know right now. What I do know is that you are experiencing this too. You are experiencing this uncertainty as a parent, grandparent, friend, businessperson, caregiver, student, and faithful follower of God. We are used to checking our calendars and making plans for the future. We are used to looking forward to events where we see our friends. We are comforted by having a routine in life of work, social and religious activities. But, we’re no longer able to reasonably assume the future and make plans. We don’t have control of the future. We’re living in the present in a way we’re not used to doing. As my kids say, “the virus is ruining everything.”

So what do we do? Give up? Throw our hands up in despair? Wallow in self-pity? No! We are Christians. When we don’t know, we pray. When we’re worried, we pray. When we’re confused, we pray. When we are scared, we pray. When things seems lost, we pray. In all things we turn to the One who does know, the One who is not confused, uncertain, worried, or scared. We turn to God. One way I’ve been turning to God this past week has been to pray Psalm 86 everyday. I read/pray it out loud even though no one else is around. I do this so that not only do I read it, but I can hear it too. Psalm 86 specifically communicates to me God’s power and certainty and it is helpful during times when I am feeling powerless and uncertain. Pray Psalm 86 or any other scripture that speaks to you.

So, fellow co-workers in Christ, keep praying. Pray for your loved ones. Pray for care givers. Pray for me and other pastors and religious leaders as we seek wisdom from God. Pray for all those guiding the lives of this nation. Pray for a vaccine. Pray that we all can become more humble, gentle, patient. I do know that prayer works and prayer is needed, but keep in mind that prayer is the companion of action. For example, Pray for those who are lonely or scared, and then give them a call. Pray for the church and then generously act on behalf of God’s mission. Pray for patience and then watch a beautiful sunset or take a nice walk.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always. ~Pastor Erik

PASTOR’S DEVOTION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY:

I never thought 2020 would be like this. In fact, since 2019 brought challenges to OSLC due to staff changes, I was planning for 2020 would be a year to take a breath and, relax, worship and simply enjoy each other’s presence. Not to make light of the situation, but I I’m reminded of the saying, “when people make plans- God laughs.”

This past week I was following the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA mostly out of curiosity because Rocky Mountain is where I was previously rostered in before moving to Minnesota. They were having their annual assembly and they used internet meetings to conduct their meeting. I mainly wanted to see some familiar faces and I wanted to hear what their guest speakers had to say in this time of the coronavirus. I was especially taken by one speaker who asked, “Is this an interruption or a disruption”? He posed this question to help everyone consider that the impacts of the coronavirus represent a fundamental shift in the way our society and therefore our churches will now operate. The reasoning was, if the coronavirus was just an interruption, then we would be looking forward to getting back to normal. But if this is a disruption, “then we must recognize that our normal is a thing of the past and make room for a new way of operating in this world.”

We’ve all experienced disruptions in our lives, and some are big, some are small. For example, we now stream our videos from Netflix and Amazon instead of renting videos from Blockbuster. This week I had all my dog’s food and chew toys delivered to my house by the UPS man rather than driving to the store, putting the food in the cart, buying it and bringing it home (amazingly, delivery is even cheaper than the old-fashioned way). Another example, after 9/11 people stopped greeting their loved ones at the gate at the airport and instead we all wait patiently in the cell phone lot. Everyone knows we must remove our shoes when we go through airport security and we can’t bring liquids in our bags. Our travel routines were disrupted, and we have now been living in this “new normal” for almost 20 years.

So, church has not simply been interrupted, it has been disrupted. Church is going to change. (Read that last sentence again and think about it for a moment before you continue reading) “Church is going to change,” is not a sentence I like typing. It’s not something I want to say or hear. I want to make plans for going back to normal, but the fact is we’ve been disrupted. Our worship will be different in the locations we can sit, the way we partake in communion, pass the peace, collect offering, and interact with others. As you all know, I love to give hugs, and that can’t happen anymore. But it is not all lament, I think some changes will enhance our ability to participate in God’s mission. I don’t know exactly what all those changes will be, but I’m ready to make the changes rather than get left behind and become ineffective in doing what Jesus has called us to do. One change that is permanently with us, for the good, is online worship. We will continue to have an online worship experience for people. Not just for health reasons, but when people are out enjoying the beauty of Minnesota on the weekends or out of town they can still worship and be connected to the community. I’ve also been humbled to hear from a couple folks who physically haven’t been able to worship in person for a couple years how grateful they are for this ministry. Having virtual meetings is also an opportunity. For example, our Synod’s Global Mission team, which I am part of, will have more frequent meetings over Zoom instead of occasionally having everyone drive to Duluth. This will cut down on travel, time and expense and hopefully bring more people into involvement. The folks from I-Falls have no excuse now. Our own congregation can use this technology to be more efficient and invite more people to participation.

Let us pray: Gracious God, we know that disruptions can be difficult to adjust to, but we also know they can bring new opportunities. Continue to guide us and reveal to us the majesty of your world.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik

May 1, 2020

Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

This psalm really spoke to me this week. During a time of uncertainty and difficulty, I gain confidence and comfort knowing that God is a God who listens and responds to my prayers. God also listens and responds to your prayers too. Lately, several people have asked me to help them or teach them how to pray. It seems like the difficulty in beginning to pray is just figuring out what words to use. It seems strange to talk, especially out loud, if there’s no one else in the room. Laughably, I speak to an empty room all the time- just check out the worship service videos. Remember, there isn’t a wrong way to pray, and if you want to do it silently, it is ok. But even if you don’t mind talking out loud, it can be hard to know what to say, or how to “start the conversation” with God.

Well, the first thing to do is be comforted: you don’t have to perform for God in your prayers with perfect words or long speeches! God much prefers honesty to style. And if you only have enough to say to fill up one minute, that’s ok too. Another source of comfort: you already have a lot of experience praying. You have said and heard many prayers in church. Even if you don’t have them memorized, your brain is used to the language of prayer. Once you start to do it, it will feel perfectly natural. If it helps, you can begin with the Lord’s Prayer. You probably know it by heart, and it will help you relax a bit. You can also find a Psalm, or read another part of Scripture to loosen you up a bit! Another possibility is to start like you would a letter and say, “Dear God…” Whichever way you begin take heart knowing that we all end our prayers in the same way- “AMEN!”

Stay safe and God bless~ Pr. Erik

April 24th, 2020

I invite everyone to open their bibles and read Judges chapters 6-8. It is the story of Gideon. I’ve always liked the story of Gideon, and I’m highlighting this story now because some of the themes and issues that Gideon dealt with seem very pertinent for today’s struggles.

Chapter 6 tells us about a time when the Israelites were experiencing terrible suffering by the Midianites. Everything they valued and everything they worked for was either stolen or destroyed. Our main character in the story is Gideon, and when we are introduced to him he is hiding in a wine press, trying to thresh wheat in order to keep it from the enemy. Basically, he was working from home, and trying his best to preserve a future for himself and his loved ones. (A familiar place where many of us find ourselves these days) Then, an angel of the Lord comes to him and declares, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Notably, Gideon doesn’t boldly stand up and reply “Here, I am.” Instead, his response is something more realistic. Gideon said to the angel, “But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has cast us off and given us into the hand of Midian.” Gideon is honest. He’s fearful and feeling unsafe, and he’s wondering where God is. Where is God while people are suffering? Where is God while he’s trying to thresh wheat in a wine press? Where is God when we’re working from home because it is unsafe to be out? Where is God when the schools are closed? Where is God when jobs are lost and money is tight? Where is God when the church is unable gather to worship? Gideon’s question is, “Why has God allowed this happened?”

Whether it is Covid 19 or any tragic event during the course of our lives, we find ourselves asking the same question as Gideon. I don’t know the answer, but I do know that God invites us to ask and converse with God about our lives, joys and struggles. Another thing that I do know is that no matter what, God is with us. In fact, that was the angel’s greeting to Gideon. The Lord is with you mighty warrior! I doubt Gideon felt mighty and he doesn’t seem like much of a warrior. But God called him to be a leader and do great things. God believed in him and saw in him something he didn’t see in himself. I think the church is a mighty warrior too, and because the church is not a simply a building, but because the church is people, you are also a mighty warrior.

Through the oppression of the Midianites, people experienced fear, despair, anxiety, selfishness, and isolation. But God hears the cries of the people and God gets involved which leads to victory. Similarly, the virus has also caused fear, despair, anxiety, selfishness and isolation. God hears our cries and I am confident God is involved and is present. Gideon trusted God in the midst of hard times, and we can too. No matter what comes, know this: God is with us and is stronger than anything that threatens us.

Your co-worker in Christ. Pastor Erik

April 17, 2020

Thank You!

There are so many people to thank for all the ways people are stepping up during this difficult time and making a difference in the lives of God’s people. We are in ministry to walk with others through their joys as well as struggles and to equip others to fully participate in God’s mission. That mission remains t17 he same even when we can’t physically gather in our Sanctuary. My heart overflows because I see the congregation fully embracing God’s mission. Thank you for continuing to support the mission of our church with your generosity. Thank you for sending in your offerings through the mail or through our online giving. Thank you for sharing our worship service with your friends and family. There are some powerful stories coming to light about how people who hadn’t been in worship for years are engaging their faith through online worship. Thank you for your notes of thanks and encouragement to me during this time. Thank you for making phone calls and checking in with one another and expanding our congregational care. Thank you for being you and not letting the challenges of the world diminish your hope, commitment, and grace.

Above all, my main focus of thankfulness and awe is directed to God. God is the one who sustains us through this time. God is the one who is always present and is with those who are alone. God is the one who will guide us through these confusing and frustrating days and weeks. God is the one who raised Jesus from the dead so that we are fully redeemed and can live our lives with complete confidence in God’s grace. Therefore, we can devote ourselves in responding to this grace with good work to our neighbors. God is the one who gives us life and purpose and a peace that passes all human understanding. I take heart that the last thing we said and proclaimed as a physical gathered congregation was “go in peace, serve the Lord,” “Thanks be to God.” I take heart because we have done exactly that.

Your co-worker with Christ~ Pastor Erik

GREAT ARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD

Leviticus 25:1-5 

LORD said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.’ ” 

The concept of a year of rest for the land is an ancient one for farmers. God commanded the people to give their land a rest every seven years. No plowing or planting, no harvesting. Just let the land be. We know now that this is important to help the land be productive, to allow it time to recover from being farmed. We are in a time of rest now. The difference is we didn’t choose this and we didn’t have much time to prepare; we have to stay home, distance ourselves for the sake of our neighbor. Like the land during the fallow year, many of us simply have to let ourselves be. 

After calling many of you to check in and see how things are going, I know most of us are at home now running out of things to do and occupy our time. The weather is still a bit cold and outside is wet and muddy so gardening and yard work are not options yet.  We’ve already organized our basements and cleaned out our closets. Now what? I can’t help but wonder what God is planning to do to redeem this slower time for us. Could this turn into a time of rest and renewal? I hope so.  I know I am spending more time with my kids now and feeling the bonds of our relationships strengthened. We’ve been reading a lot more kid’s books together and I can tell that my daughter is strengthening her reading skills everyday.  I’m also really glad I enjoy the company of my wife, and I feel our relationship flourishing as we work together to meet these challenging times. I think maybe, God is redeeming this time.

As many of you know, I am passionate about the environment and being a good steward of God’s creation. I’ve been interested to see that pollution is way down across the globe. There are some amazing videos on youtube that show dolphins swimming in the canals of Venice and other wildlife coming out of hiding. Maybe God can use this time to teach us about what our planet can be like, again. Please don’t misunderstand me. This virus is real and it is bad. But I think God has a way of revealing God’s self in the midst of bad situations to illuminate God’s love and grace.  

I am inspired by hearing stories of brave and talented people who work in essential services like healthcare and knowing that those people are using their God-given talents to do amazing work. These stories prove to me that God is here with us. God is with the nurses and doctors on the front lines. God is with those who are doing their part by staying home. God isn’t just with us; God is working through us and among us. For those of us who find these days to be quiet and still, God may just be doing the work of renewal deep in your soul. What is God reminding you of? How is God giving you new life? Pay attention and embrace God’s work, even when it’s invisible.

Bless you now and evermore~ Pastor Erik
 

SUSTAIN THE WEARY WITH A WORD.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.


 I know I am weary. I am weary of watching the constantly changing news, weary of not being able to do things and go places, weary of missing my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, weary of worrying about loved ones. “Sustain the weary with a word.” Sounds like just the thing for this week.

 And not just any word, but the Word. The word of God. In times of weariness and uncertainty, these verses from Philippians are right on. They teach us and remind us of God’s character, who God is, and God’s strength. It shows us Jesus  becoming fully human and entering fully into the human experience. Not only is Jesus one of us, but he is the best of us. 


Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Let the words from Philippians enter your heart and mind. In a time when we often feel powerless in the word, take comfort in knowing that God is powerful and in charge. When we can’t “do stuff” out in the community, know that the word is can and will “do stuff.” I love this quote by Martin Luther. He fully trusted the Word to go out and do God’s mission.  “I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word…did everything.”[i]


[i] Martin Luther, “Sermon on Monday after Invocavit” (March 10, 1522), in Luther’s Works 51:77.EDITSUSTAIN THE WEARY WITH A WORD.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Happy February everyone,

On January 26, we read psalm 27 in worship. It is one of my favorite psalms. Simple, beautiful, uplifting. I have often gained comfort and courage by reading verse 1 and letting the psalmist’s word dwell in my mind.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Whenever we have scripture that invokes words and images of light and dark I remind myself that in psalmist’s time, and most of human history, people have had two types of light in their daily lives- the sun and the lamp (oil, not electricity lamps) . The sun is so powerful that it can’t be stared at. It gives light, warmth, and enables plants to grow. The sun is certainly a gift from God. In Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light” and it was so. 1 John 1:5 wonderfully tells us, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

 In the psalmist’s time, people had small oil filled lamps that they would occasionally light at night. Several examples of these lamps have been discovered by archeologists and can be seen in museums today. I have a replica of the most common lamp on a shelf in my office. It is small and can fit in the palm of your hand. It is filled with oil and has a 2-3 inch wick coming out. I’ve lit my replica lamp a few times in order to see how it works. It works well, but with just a single small wick it casts just enough light for someone to see a few feet in the darkness. I am reminded as well of the words from Psalm 119, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.” 

Reflecting upon light, lamps and psalms I feel the wisdom of these words teaches us that we do indeed receive God’s light in our lives and God’s light illuminates our path by our feet, but it doesn’t show us every detail of the path ahead or which direction it is going to go in the next mile or the next year. These thoughts can be applied to our individual lives, or our congregation, or even to the wide universal church. In essence, we learn that we live as people who honor the past, try to discern the future, but ultimately are called to live fully in the present as God’s hands and feet in this beautiful yet broken world.

So, as we prepare for Lent at the end of February, (metaphorically or literally if you like) light your lamps and let your light shine as a beacon of hope to others.

Your co-worker in Christ, Pastor Erik

LATEST CHURCH UPDATE: Services, Bulletins & Needs

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SUNDAY BULLETIN:

Worship Service for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA, Pastor Erik Roth

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA, Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE  Kristen Weikum

WELCOME Pastor Erik, Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN   Spirit of Gentleness   ELW# 396     Carolyn Flaschberger

Refrain Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free; Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

1      You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,

        then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;

        and over the eons you called to each thing:

        “Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”  Refrain

2      You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,

        and you goaded your people with a law and a land;

        and when they were blinded with idols and lies,

        then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.  Refrain

3      You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,

        then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;

        and down in the city you called once again,

        when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.  Refrain

4      You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.

        From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;

        our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.

        With bold new decisions your people arise.  Refrain

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Alleluia! Christ is risen.  Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image

and planted us in a well-watered garden.

In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,

and you gave us water from the rock.

When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd

to lead us to still waters.

At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,

and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font,

and for all water everywhere.

Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.

Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING:  Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
  5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
  14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
 that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
 and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

    in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above
  and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness
  and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”

 Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Carolyn Flaschberger

PSALM 104:24-34, 35b

24How manifold are your works, O Lord!
  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number,
  living things both small and great.
26There go the ships to and fro, and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it. 
27All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. 
28You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are terrified;
  when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever; O Lord, rejoice in all your works. 
32You look at the earth and it trembles; you touch the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being.
34May these words of mine please God. I will rejoice in the Lord.
35bBless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah! 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

3bNo one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
  4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
           12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Pastor Erik Roth

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

O shelter me, O shelter me: the way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me: all will be well if only you will shelter me.

Words and Music; First Line: Shepherd and sheep, my God and I / O shelter me, O shelter me © 2020, GIA Publications, Inc. Contributors: Michael Joncas

GOSPEL READING

The Holy Gospel, according to John 20:19-23, Glory to you, O Lord.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading   Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY Baptized in Water   ELW# 456

BAPTISM  Kenneth Bartlett

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

After each petition, all reply: Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER                 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN O Holy Spirit, Root of Life    ELW# 399

BLESSING 

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead raise you to new life,

fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.  Amen

SENDING HYMN  O Day, Full of Grace  ELW# 627

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.  

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Lector: Richard Fredrickson

Cantors: Carolyn Flaschberger

Piano: Kristen Weikum

Presiding: Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson,

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Worship Service for May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter

*Unfortunately we had an issue with our video recording storage card and as a result the reading of Psalm 68 was omitted from the video.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson 

PRELUDE WELCOME
HYMN Rise, O Sun of Righteousness       ELW# 657

Text:  Christian David, et al; tr. Frank W. Stoldt
Music:  Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengeseng (Public Domain)
 Text © 2003 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
Alleluia! Christ is risen.    
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING:  Acts 1:6-14              
6When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.                     
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading
Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson, Tucker Nelson

(Omitted in the video recording…)
PSALM 
68:1-10, 32-35
1Let God arise, and let God’s ene- | mies be scattered;
  let those who | hate God flee.
2As smoke is driven away, so you should drive | them away;
as the wax melts before the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the pres- | ence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice | before God;
  let them also be mer- | ry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who | rides the clouds;
I Am is that name, rejoice | before God!
5In your holy habita- | tion, O God,
  you are a father to orphans, defend- | er of widows;
6you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners | into freedom;
but the rebels shall live in | desert places.
7O God, when you went forth be- | fore your people,
  when you marched | through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the | God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the | God of Israel.
9You sent a bountiful | rain, O God;
  you restored your inheritance | when it languished.
10Your people found their | home in it;
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision | for the poor.
32Sing to God, O kingdoms | of the earth;
  sing praises | to the Lord.
33You ride in the heavens, O God, in the | ancient heavens;
you send forth your voice, your | mighty voice.
34Ascribe pow- | er to God,
  whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is | in the skies.
35How wonderful you are in your holy places, O | God of Israel,
giving strength and power to your people! | Blessed be God!

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11                                Lector Tucker Nelson
12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go.
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel, according to John 17:1-11, Glory to you, O Lord.
1After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”              
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

HYMN OF THE DAY Son of God, Eternal Savior                                                           ELW# 655

Text:  Somerset C. Lowry
 Music:  Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen; arr. Julius Röntgen
Public Domain

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 
After each petition, all reply:Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER          
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  I Come with Joy                                                                         ELW# 482

Text:  Brian A. Wren
Music:  W. Walker, Southern Harmony (Public Domain)
Text © 1971, rev. 1995 Hope Publishing Company
 Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

BLESSING 
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.  Amen

SENDING HYMN Blest Be the Tie That BindsELW# 656

SENDING
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Lector: Tucker Nelson
Cantors: Scott & Patty Chandler
Piano: Twilla Ann Ahola
Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

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Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson


PRELUDE Mark Ongalo, Piano
WELCOME Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth
HYMN What Wondrous Love Is This ELW # 666 Carolyn Flaschberger

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Erik

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.
To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

THIS IS THE FEAST OF VICTORY FOR OUR GOD…

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING Acts 17:22-31 Lector, Dean Johnson
22Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading Deacon Kari Olson, Dean Johnson, Pastor Erik Roth

PSALM 66:8-20
 8Bless our | God, you peoples; let the sound of | praise be heard.
 9Our God has kept us a- | mong the living and has not allowed our | feet to slip.
 10For you, O God, have | tested us; you have tried us just as sil- | ver is tried.
 11You brought us in- | to the net; you laid heavy burdens up- | on our backs.
 12You let people ride over our heads; we went through | fire and water,
  but you brought us out into a place | of refreshment.
 13I will enter your house | with burnt offerings and will pay | you my vows—
 14those that I promised | with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I | was in trouble.
 15I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the | smoke of rams;
  I will give you ox- | en and goats.
 16Come and listen, all you | who believe, and I will tell you what God has | done for me.
 17I called out to God | with my mouth, and praised the Lord | with my tongue.
 18If I had cherished evil | in my heart, the Lord would | not have heard me;
 19but in truth | God has heard me and has attended to the sound | of my prayer.
 20Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld unfailing love from me.  

SECOND READING 1 Peter 3:13-22
13Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go.
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING The Holy Gospel, according to John 14:15-21, Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
  18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

HYMN OF THE DAY Jesus Loves Me ELW # 595

APOSTLE’S CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Note: After each petition, all reply: Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN Mark Ongalo, Piano

BLESSING May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen
SENDING HYMN: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling ELW # 631

SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Thank you for Worshipping with us today.
Lectoring: Dean Johnson
Cantoring: Carolyn Flaschberger
Piano: Mark Ongalo
Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020

 WELCOME Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA Pastor Erik Roth  
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA Deacon Kari Olson    

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Erik

HYMN Taste and See ELW # 493   Sharon Panula

Refrain

        Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord

        Oh, taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord

1      I will bless the Lord at all times.  Praise shall always be on my lips

        my soul shall glory in the Lord; for God has been so good to me.  Refrain

2      Glorify the Lord with me.  Together let us all praise God’s name

        I called the Lord, who answered me; from all my troubles

I was set free.  Refrain

3      Worship the Lord, all you people.  You’ll want for nothing if you ask

        Taste and see that the Lord is good;

in God we need put all our trust.  Refrain

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image and planted us in a well-watered garden. In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched, and you gave us water from the rock. When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters. At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side, and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life. We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font, and for all water everywhere. Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love. Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

This is the Feast

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING  Acts 7:55-60

55Filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

 Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections of the Reading

PSALM 31:1-5, 15-16

1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
  deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are my tower of strength. 
5Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those   who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.”

*Reflections of the Reading

SECOND READING 1 Peter 2:2-10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
  4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious;
 and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
 “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
8and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
  9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections of the Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151 Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go. You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING The Holy Gospel, according to John 14:1-14, Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
  8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.                                                               

SERMON: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY You Are the Way   ELW # 758

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried;

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church,

The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  Note: After each petition, all reply: “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”   ELW #780

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need. A brief silence.

Build us up, mothering God, as living stones united in your spiritual house. Continually strengthen your church as it is sent forth to proclaim your love. We pray especially for new congregations and those in redevelopment. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation. Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Align our ways to your love, O God. We pray for countries, leaders, and other organizations as they prepare places for those seeking refuge and safety. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

God of healing and rest, help those whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by many troubles. Comfort their suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage. We give thanks for all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Generous God, you call into your brilliant light all who have died. Give us faith to take hold of the promise of your eternal life. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER  Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together.         

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power,  and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ, Verses 1 & 3   ELW # 674    

                                                                         

BLESSING  May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen

SENDING HYMN: Now the Green Blade Rises, Verses 1 & 4       ELW # 379

SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for Worshiping with us today.

Lectoring: Nathan LeBeque

Cantoring: Sharon & Ken Panula

Piano: Kristen Weikum

Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Happy Mother’s Day

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, May 3, 2020

PRELUDE: Pianist, Carol Carlson, Knife River Lutheran Church
WELCOME: Presiding Minister Bishop Tom Aitken, NEMN Synod
Assisting Minister Pr. Susan Berge, Knife River Lutheran Church

INVOCATION: Bishop Tom Aitken

CONFESSION/ABSOLUTION

Bishop: Blessed be the Holy Trinity, +One God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen. Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Most merciful God,

Bishop: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

All: Glory to God ( Sing together, page # 139)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father, We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, You alone are the most high Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, In the glory of God the Father. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Bishop: O God our Shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

PSALM 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

THE HOLY GOSPEL: John 10:1-10
Jesus uses an image familiar to the people of his day to make a point about spiritual leadership. Those who listen to Jesus are led to abundant life.

[Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
  7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

SERMON: Bishop Thomas Aitken

HYMN Children of the Heavenly Father # 781 (verses 1,2)

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: Pr. Susan Berge

Note: After each petition, all sing together:
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”
ELW #780

In our separate homes, but gathered together in the Spirit, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

Shepherding God, draw us closer to You as our Good Shepherd, trusting in Your guidance and following Your lead. Give us hearts to love you, minds to know you, and wills to serve you. Draw us daily into closer communion with you and into closer community with those around us.
Hear us, gracious Lord…
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”

God of resurrection, from the very beginning you give the church the gift of witnesses, as preachers, teachers, and pastors. Bless all who proclaim the good news at this time, especially our local pastors, our Bishop, Tom Aitkin, and our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton.
Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”

We give thanks for the technology by which we stay connected; for the food we have; for support of our community of faith. Bless the creativity of worship leaders during this time, especially for all who are assisting the digital sharing of worship, that the faithful be nourished.
Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”

We lift up to you our distraught world facing the coronavirus; for countries hardest hit; for those who grieve their dead; for the sick and their families; for those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; for those fearful of an unknown future; for the millions of unemployed; for all service workers; for children at home; for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; for physicians, nurses, home health aides and medical researchers. Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”

We pray for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for the heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus, and in distributing governmental economic aid.
Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”

Into your hands, Shepherding God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your grace and mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Gathered together by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING Please give your offering to your local congregation’s ministries.

HYMN: Now the Green Blade Rises ELW #731 (verses 1,4)

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat arising green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Your touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat arising green.

BENEDICTION

Bishop: The God of all grace, +Bless you now and forever, Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: “God be with you till we meet again” ELW #536 ( verse 1,2)

God be with you till we meet again,
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you,
God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again,
’Neath His wings protecting hide you,
Daily manna still divide you,
God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]

DISMISSAL

Bishop: Go in Peace, Serve the Lord.

All: “Thanks be to God.”

Postlude: Pianist, Carol Carlson, Knife River Lutheran Church
Videographer: Administrative Assistant, NEMN Synod, Sarah Roe
Presiding Minister: Bishop Tom Aitken, NEMN Synod,
Assisting Minister: Pr. Susan Berge, Knife River Lutheran Church

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Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Welcome

Thanksgiving for Baptism
P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.          
CChrist is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Entrance Hymn                 “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright ”                      ELW 384

Text:  Latin Hymn, 5th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale
Music:  European tune, adapt. Michael Praetorius
Public Domain

Greeting
P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C          And also with you.

Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”                 ELW Pg. 101

Prayer of the Day: O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Word
God speaks to us in scripture reading,preaching & song.

Message for All God’s Children

First Reading:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41       
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
A  Word of God, Word of Life.     C  Thanks be to God.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1I love the Lord, who has | heard my voice,
  and listened to my | supplication,
2for the Lord has given | ear to me
whenev- | er I called.
3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave | came upon me;
  I came to | grief and sorrow.
4Then I called upon the name | of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray you, | save my life.” 
12How shall I re- | pay the Lord
  for all the good things God has | done for me?
13I will lift the cup | of salvation
and call on the name | of the Lord.
14I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
  in the presence of | all God’s people.
15Precious in your | sight, O Lord,
is the death | of your servants.
16O Lord, truly I | am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me | from my bonds.
17I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving
and call upon the name | of the Lord. 
18I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
  in the presence of | all God’s people,
19in the courts of | the Lord‘s house,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. | Hallelujah! 

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Second Reading:  1 Peter 1:17-23
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.

17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
A  Word of God, Word of Life.     C  Thanks be to God.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                  ELW Pg. 102

Gospel:  Luke 24:13-35
The colorful story of Jesus’ appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. Here, he is revealed through the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.

P          The Holy Gospel ….     C         Glory to you, O Lord.
13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
P  The Gospel of the Lord.   C Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Hymn of the Day                                 “Day of Arising”                                     ELW 374

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
A          O God……,
C          give ear to us.

Peace

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ.

Offering Music                   “When We Face an Unknown Future”  
By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Performed by Scott & Patty Chandler and Twilla Ann Ahola

When we face an unknown future that we can’t imagine yet,
when the closeness we have treasured turns from blessing into threat —
As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community,
may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.

Jesus faced the lonely desert as a time to look within.
There he met such trial and conflict; there he knew you were with him.
In this time of separation when we miss the life we’ve known,
may we hear your voice proclaiming: “I am here! You’re not alone.”

May we cherish those around us as we never have before.
May we think much less of profit; may we learn what matters more.
May we hear our neighbors’ suffering; may we see our neighbors’ pain.
May we learn new ways of offering life and health and hope again.

God, when illness comes to threaten, and when so much here goes wrong,
may we know this thing for certain — that your love is sure and strong.
You’re beside us in our suffering — and when times are surely tough,
we may face an unknown future, but it’s filled, Lord, with your love.
Text © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.
All rights reserved.  Permission granted for free use in worship.
Harmonization (Beach Spring, attr. B.F. White) 2017 © by Christopher Gage.
All rights reserved.  Permission granted for free use in worship.


Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.


Sending
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Blessing          
P    May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C   Amen.

Sending Song             “We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus”                                    ELW 451

Text & Music:  John C. Ylvisaker
Text and music © 1985 John C. Ylvisaker
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude   Twilla Ann Ahola

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Second Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
 
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Prelude   Mark Ongalo

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

+ Thanksgiving for Baptism
P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.            
C Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

+Entrance Hymn         “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!”              ELW 385

Text:  Cyril A. Alington
Music:  Melchior Vulpius (Public Domain)
Text © 1958, ren. 1986 Hymns Ancient and Modern, admin. Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

+Greeting
P             The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C             And also with you.


+ Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”                         ELW Pg. 101

+Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Word
God speaks to us in scripture reading,preaching & song.

Message for All God’s Children

First Reading:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32     
After the Holy Spirit comes to the apostles on Pentecost, Peter preaches the gospel to the gathered crowd. He tells them that Jesus, who obediently went to his death according to God’s plan, was raised from the dead by God. Finally, he appeals to scripture, quoting Psalm 16:8-11, to show that Jesus is the Messiah: though crucified, the risen Jesus is now enthroned.

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him,
 ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
  for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
  moreover my flesh will live in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
  or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28You have made known to me the ways of life;
  you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
 ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
  nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

A  Word of God, Word of Life.     CThanks be to God.

Psalm 16
1Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;
  I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are | in the land,
upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3But those who run after | other gods
  shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings | to such gods,
never take their names up- | on my lips. 
5O Lord, you are my portion | and my cup;
  it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;
indeed, I have a | rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who | gives me counsel;
  my heart teaches me night | after night.
8I have set the Lord al- | ways before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall | not be shaken. 
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;
  my body also shall | rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me | to the grave,
nor let your holy one | see the pit.
11You will show me the | path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore. 

Second Reading:  1 Peter 1:3-9
This epistle was written to encourage Christians experiencing hardships and suffering because of their faith in Christ. The letter opens by blessing God for the living hope we have through Christ’s resurrection even amid difficult circumstances and surroundings.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

A  Word of God, Word of Life.     CThanks be to God.

+Gospel Acclamation                                                                                    ELW Pg. 102

+Gospel:  John 20:19-31
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But one of their number is missing, and his unbelief prompts another visit from the Lord.

P    The Holy Gospel ….     C    Glory to you, O Lord.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him,
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

P  The Gospel of the Lord.    C Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon  Pastor Erik Roth & Deacon Kari Olson

+Hymn of the Day            “Christ Is Alive!  Let Christians Sing”                        ELW 389

Text:  Brian A. Wren
Music:  T.  Williams, Psalmodia Evangelica (Public Domain)
Text © 1975, rev. 1995 Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

+Prayers of Intercession
A             Protect the……, oh God.  
C             for we take refuge in you.

+Peace

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ.

Offering Music  Mark Ongalo

+Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                          
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Sending
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

+ Blessing     
P     May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C    Amen.

+ Sending Song                              “Thine Is the Glory”                                  ELW 376

Text:  Edmond Budry; tr. R. Birch Hoyle
Music:  George Frideric Handel
Public Domain


+ Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude Mark Ongalo

From sundaysandseasons.com.
Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

The Resurrection of Our Lord
April 12, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
 
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson
 

Prelude Music   Twilla Ann Ahola

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Welcome

+ Entrance Hymn   “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”   ELW 365

+ Greeting
P    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C    And also with you.

+ Thanksgiving for Baptism

P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C    Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.
We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

+ Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”

+ Prayer of the Day
P    The Lord be with you.  C  And also with you.

P    Let us pray.
God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.           
C  Alleluia!Amen!

Word

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching & song.
Message for all God’s Children

First Lesson:  Acts 10:34-43
Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, is a summary of the essential message of Christianity: Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, “receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

34Peter began to speak to [the people]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
A    The Word of the Lord.                      C  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;
  God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”
14The Lord is my strength | and my song,
  and has become | my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous:
“The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord| is exalted!
  The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not | die, but live,
and declare the works | of the Lord.
18The Lord indeed pun- | ished me sorely,
  but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the Lord.
20“This is the gate | of the Lord;
  here the righ- | teous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
  has become the chief | cornerstone.
23By the Lord has | this been done;
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | Lord has made;
  let us rejoice and be | glad in it.

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
Easter means new life for us as it first meant new life for Christ. His resurrection reshapes the entire focus and motivation for our lives since we are now hidden with the risen Christ in God.

1If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
A    The Word of the Lord.                      C  Thanks be to God.

+Gospel Acclamation “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah”  ELW 172

+Gospel  Matthew 28:1-10

Sorrow gives way to “fear and great joy” when two women are sent by an angel to proclaim the good news: Jesus is risen!

P          The Holy Gospel ….     C       Glory to you, O Lord.

1After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

P          The Gospel of the Lord.         C          Praise to you, O Christ


+Gospel Response  “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah”   ELW 172   See above ~

Sermon Pastor Erik Roth & Deacon Kari Olson

+ Hymn of the Day  “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia”   ELW 364 (Vs. 1, 4, 5)

(Vs. 1) Christ has arisen, alleluia.
Rejoice and praise him, alleluia.
For our redeemer burst from the tomb,
even from death, dispelling its gloom.

Refrain
Let us sing praise to him with endless joy.
Death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving, alleluia!
Jesus is living, alleluia!

(Vs. 4) “Go spread the news: he’s not in the grave.
He has arisen this world to save.
Jesus’ redeeming labors are done.
Even the battle with sin is won.”  Refrain

(Vs. 5) Christ has arisen to set us free.
Alleluia, to him praises be.
Jesus is living! Let us all sing;
he reigns triumphant, heavenly king.  Refrain

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
           the Father, the Almighty,
            maker of heaven and earth,
            of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
            the only Son of God,
            eternally begotten of the Father,
            God from God, Light from Light,
            true God from true God,
            begotten, not made,
            of one Being with the Father;
            through him all things were made.

            For us and for our salvation
                        he came down from heaven,
                        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
                        and became truly human.
                        For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
                        he suffered death and was buried.
                        On the third day he rose again
                        in accordance with the scriptures;
                        he ascended into heaven
                        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                        He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
                        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
            who with the Father and the Son
 is worshiped and glorified,
            who has spoken through the prophets.
            We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
            We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
            We look for the resurrection of the dead,
                        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

+ Prayers of Intercession
A  Gathered around Christ crucified and risen, let us pray for the whole people of God, the earth, and all who cry out for healing.

A brief silence.

A    Lord in your mercy,              C  Hear our prayer.

+ Sharing the Peace
P    The peace of the risen Lord be with you always.
C    And also with you.

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ,
so that we may proclaimGod’s salvation to all the world.

Offering Instrumental   Twilla Ann Ahola

+ Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
      thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
             on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
      forever and ever. Amen.

Sending
God blesses usand sends us in mission to the world.
+ Blessing     
P     May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C  Amen.
+ Sending Song  “Thine Is the Glory”    ELW 376

+ Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude   Twilla Ann Ahola

From sundaysandseasons.com.
Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
Copyright: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” – Text:  Latin carol, 14th cent., sts. 1-3; tr. J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt; Charles Wesley, st. 4.  Music:  J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708; Public Domain.  “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” – Text & Music (Caribbean Traditional):  Public Domain.  “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia – Text: Bernard Kyamanywa; tr. Howard S. Olson.  Music:  Tanzanian traditional (Public Domain). Swahili text © 1968 Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress. English text © 1977 Howard S. Olson, admin. Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.  “Thine is the Glory” – Text:  Edmond Budry, Music:  George Frederic Handel; Public Domain.
 

March 29, 2020

God day! Hope you were able to watch or listen in on our Sunday Worship this morning at 9:30am. We are broadcast live Sunday mornings on 1340AM KRBT, and can be viewed on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oslcmn/) as well. The facebook video is available to view anytime you desire, just scroll down to find the video and click the play button. We are also on cable channel 5, Wed. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, and Saturdays at 4:30pm.

If you are not signed up to receive our Weekly Witness email just call the church office with your email address and we will add you to the list – it is sent out two times a week, and the Thursday or Friday’s edition will include the Bulletin’s order of worship with readings and hymns for you to follow along on Sundays, or to read at your own leisure.

We hope these resources make you feel connected during this time of social distancing; we are a church family, and can still worship and pray together! Also, you are invited to call the church office during the week 9:30am-4pm, with a prayer request for yourself or others, and to request to talk with Pastor Erik. If we are not in the office at the time of your call, just leave a detailed message and we will call you back as soon as we can.

May the Lord Bless you and your family~

Below are a few devotional links we think you will find to be of comfort for your personal prayer time as well:

God Pause devotions https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/

Daily Grace https://www.womenoftheelca.org/blog/category/daily-grace

Daily Bible Reading plan https://www.elca.org/Faith/DailyBible

Augsburg Fortress devotional https://go.augsburgfortress.org/augsburg-fortress-weekly-devotional

March 24, 2020

Good afternoon ~ We trust you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, you can contact us here at the church (218-741-6207) if you want prayer and to talk with Pastor Erik.

This Sunday we were able to bring the service to you via radio broadcast on 1340 KRBT and also on facebook with Livestream. We will continue to offer our Sunday Worship Service to you with our radio broadcast, facebook and as usual, on public cable channel #5. Keep in mind, the television broadcast for the current Sunday doesn’t start until the following Wednesday evening or Thursday…

Pastor will also be offering a Devotional at 12 noon tomorrow (this was our original time for the Bible Study ~ it will be a devotional instead). Please join us on facebook at noon tomorrow and let us know how you are doing.

Two things that also may help you to worship at home ~ if you are not already signed up to receive our Weekly Witness Newsletter Email, call or email the church (office@oslcmn.com) and give us permission to add you to the list to receive it; we will send it out twice a week to keep you updated. The second tool you can use for worship at home is a Hymnal. Stop by the church during the day, Monday – Thursday, and sign out a Hymnal in the narthex at the main doors. A Hymnal will not only help you follow along during the service, you can read or sing Hymns for your own personal devotional or study time, and also read the Psalms, which start after page # 338.

We hope these resources help you in your personal worship as well as to join fellow congregants on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. We are going through this together ~ you are never alone. God Bless you~

OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE:

Facebook at “Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Virginia, MN ELCA” live Sunday mornings at 9:30AM, and as re-post anytime you hop on to facebook

KRBT 1340 AM Radio, live Sunday Mornings at 9:30am

Public Cable Channel # 5 – Sun. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, Sat. at 4:30pm. *The latest Sunday’s viewing will start the following Thursday.

Weekly Witness Email Newsletter: The format for the service in a full-bulletin-form will be sent in this newsletter at the end of each week.

March 19, 2020

Greetings and blessings to everyone~ Praying you are all staying healthy! This Sunday’s scripture readings will be: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41.

Starting next Wednesday, March 25th at 1pm, Pastor will facilitate the OSLC Bible Study on facebook, livestreaming. You are invited to watch; there will be opportunities to comment with each other during the study! Monday’s at 1pm (March 23) he will announce the scripture references and topic of study. Join us and stay connected!

We wish to provide many opportunities to worship together. You are invited to stop by the church and sign-up to grab a hymnal in our narthex for you & your family to follow along with Sunday’s Worship on 1340 AM @ 9:30am. The hymnals are on a cart just as you enter the church for your convenience, and the church doors will be open Mondays – Thursdays 9:30am – 4pm, call about Friday hours as we can schedule a time to make sure we are here for you. You can watch the last week’s service on Public Channel 5: Sun & Thurs @ 4pm, Mon & Fri @ 10am, Sat. @ 4:30pm. We will continue to televise Worship on this channel.

If you need to talk with Pastor personally, call him or the church office at 218-741-6207. You can also set up a video chat with him-he will give you the link to do so. Sometimes we just need to speak with someone personally, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Psalm 23:3 “You restore my soul, O Lord…” God Bless your day💝

March 18, 2020

Psalm 91:15 “When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.”

Church is not closed! We are only suspending corporate worship at this time. Please worship with us on the radio; it is a live broadcast at 9:30am Sundays on KRBT 1340AM, and during the TV broadcast times we have reserved (Cable channel 5 Sun. & Thurs. 4pm, Mon. & Fri. 10am, Sat. 4:30pm.)

The church is open during the week for the sake of the community. We are suspending gatherings at this time, but we are still committed to serving our neighbors. The sanctuary is open for personal prayer, and our staff is available for faith needs. If you would like to speak with Pastor Erik please feel free to call (218-741-6207) and we can set up a time for you to meet personally or online via video chat (we are utilizing an online program that will be easy for you to access).

This is a significant time for all people, especially church. There are many people in our community who are in desperate need. The church is called to hear and respond to those needs.  We need you to participate!  We are asking for specific items to be donated: non-perishable food, such as canned fruit & vegetables, boxed meals, cereal, infant formula and food, diapers, and fever medicine. We are especially asking for gift cards and cash that will only be used to address hunger needs. Food can be brought directly by you to the Little Pantry outside, or left on the bench outside the church’s main doors, or in the entryway of the church.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Isaiah 41:9b  “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; 10 do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

In light of the threat of coronaviras we have suspended worship for at least next Sunday March 22nd.  As usual, we will be providing a worship service on the radio 1340 AM at 9:30 and we will continue to be church together for the sake of the world. The Church itself is still open. Thank you for your patience, your faithfulness and your prayers.

We will be taking some different approaches to pastoral care in the coming week. Pastor Erik will not be making hospital or care center visits to protect one another from the spread of viruses. We will be making phone calls, sending emails and writing notes checking in with the home bound and hospitalized. We ask that you reach out to us also, we are available to you in this time which can feel lonely, isolating and frightening. If you are in need of supplies, child care or other things, please call the church and we will work together for everyone’s health and well-being.

This is a difficult time for all, but it is also an opportunity for our congregation to connect and care for one another. Please reach out to those who you would sit by or visit with on a Sunday morning. Let’s be church together in this time social distancing.

God’s Peace~ Pastor Erik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Kits for Kids&Youth VLM Update:

May 2020

SUMMER KICK-OFF CARE KITS:

PLEASE BRING ITEMS BY THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND~ THANK YOU!

Summer is right around the corner, and we won’t be holding a Vacation Bible School this summer… We would like to give care kits to the children of OSLC and have begun collecting fun craft items, books, outdoor toys, etc., for the kits. We will have volunteers bringing the boxes to houses in June. We ask that donated items be new or in excellent shape. If you have small boxes (adult shoe size or slightly larger) you can drop them off  during the week in the narthex/church entrance. Also, you can donate any of the following items:
OUTDOOR ITEMS:
sidewalk chalk, bubbles, squirt guns
water balloons, play-dough, jump rope
Yo-Yo, frisbee, kushballs
Seed kits/grow your own plant kits
CRAFT ITEMS:
stickers, pens & pencils, crayons
markers, colored pencils, water colors
coloring books, puzzle books, word searches
blank envelopes, note cards, journals
notebooks, pads of paper, stickers
foam shapes, pipe cleaners
scotch tape, washi tape(craft/Japanese tape with designs)
glue/glue sticks
pre-packaged craft kits
SNACKS:
All snacks should be individually wrapped. Sorry, no homemade treats.
Fruit snacks, granola bars, Gold Fish
small bags of chips, (Doritos/Pringles), microwave popcorn
Fun Sized candy bars, suckers (Tootsie pops/Dum-Dums)
Jello/Pudding cups, fruit cups
applesauce fruit pouches (for little ones)
gum/mints, Kind Bars, dark chocolates (for older kids/teens)
Other Items Especially for Teens:
brownie/cookie mixes
book marks, key chains
chapstick/lip balm
bath bombs/salt, lotion, candles
stress balls/squishees
reusable tumblers with straws, mugs, water bottles
$5 giftcards to Starbucks/Caribou/Dairy Queen/The Freeze

 

April 24

Dear parents – (please respond by May 8th to our request below)

Thank you for your patience as we planned for the best system for issuing summer camp deposits. Like you, we are working in unfamiliar territory – a task that is easy if a camper or two needs to cancel, but becomes a much larger task when it involves a full summer program.

We have heard from many of you with a variety of responses about payments. We want you to know that any payments you made towards registration or the camp store are fully refundable. If you are in a position to donate any part of this refund to Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, your gift would be deeply appreciated.

It is our plan to distribute the refunds requested in the first week of the month your program was scheduled, potentially sooner if we are able.

Program Month Refund Week
June 2020 June 1-5
July 2020 July 6-10
August 2020 August 3-7

To inform us of your decision regarding your 2020 payment, we would appreciate your time in completing a Google Form indicating your preference for a refund, donation, or a transfer to our 2021 camping season. (A transfer to 2021 would simply remain a credit on your child’s account until you register for next summer.) We ask that you complete the form no later than May 8 so we can complete the plan.

Google form link – https://forms.gle/Ur5euK6a3bmeajf66

Some of you have already reached out and shared your intent with us – We ask you to please fill out the form even if you have called or emailed, so we can get an official response and can expedite the process.

If we do not hear from you by May 8th, we will assume you are making a donation of your summer 2020 program fees.

If you are having trouble accessing the form or have questions, please contact us at VLM@VLMcamps.org or 218-666-5465.

If you are unsure about the amount you have already paid for the 2020 summer program, a full statement can be requested by responding to the email sent to you with “PLEASE SEND ME A STATEMENT” and your camper’s name (all camper parents should have received an email). 

VLM is communicating with any churches that may have made or planned payments to help campers attend camp. You will not need to contact them.

It was an incredibly hard decision to cancel camp and we know that it has a deep impact on you and your child. Please know that we will miss seeing you and your camper at Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion this summer. Stay healthy, and we look forward to a great celebration of summer camp in 2021!

Gretrchen Bachman Joel Abenth
Director of Operations Executive Director
Gretchen@VLMcamps.org Joel@VLMcamps.org

Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry
1105 E Superior Street
Lower Suite
Duluth, MN 55802
800-331-5148
www.VLMcamps.org

It’s great to be alive in God’s great northwoods!

 

 

Youth Ministries @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church: Per the Department of Health’s current recommendations, we will not hold Faith Finders, Sunday School or Confirmation programs until further notice. Below are examples of the programs we normally provide, and we pray we will all be able to participate in them together soon! Stay healthy ~ May the Lord bless you and your family.

Children’s Sunday School is held right after the Children’s Message portion of the worship service.

Faith Finders is an early release/after school program @ Our Savior’s Lutheran, 2-5pm every Wednesday

Make-it-Mondays is an after school program @ Messiah Lutheran, 3-5pm every Monday

Confirmation will be held in the fall and early winter @ Messiah Lutheran, and will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran late winter and spring. There will be a 6pm meal and 6:30 class & worship.

Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry: Camp Vermilion and Camp Hiawatha~ We are praying for our nation to recover and be able to enjoy summer with our friends and families at VLM! 

Worship here, facebook & radio: We’re on 1340AM KRBT Sundays at 9:30am, and facebook@ 9:30am

https://www.facebook.com/oslcmn/

Below is the Sunday Bulletin for you to follow along with on 1340 AM KRBT 9:30am Sunday mornings, or click here for our facebook page and join our Worship Service.

SUNDAY BULLETIN:

DAY OF PENTECOST, MAY 31, 2020

OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, PASTOR ERIK ROTH

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, DEACON KARI OLSON

PRELUDE  Kristen Weikum

WELCOME Pastor Erik, Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN   Spirit of Gentleness   ELW# 396     Carolyn Flaschberger

Refrain Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free; Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

1      You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,

        then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;

        and over the eons you called to each thing:

        “Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”  Refrain

2      You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,

        and you goaded your people with a law and a land;

        and when they were blinded with idols and lies,

        then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.  Refrain

3      You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,

        then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;

        and down in the city you called once again,

        when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.  Refrain

4      You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.

        From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;

        our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.

        With bold new decisions your people arise.  Refrain

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Alleluia! Christ is risen.  Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image

and planted us in a well-watered garden.

In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,

and you gave us water from the rock.

When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd

to lead us to still waters.

At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,

and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font,

and for all water everywhere.

Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.

Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING:  Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
  5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
  14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
 that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
 and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

    in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above
  and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness
  and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”

 Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Carolyn Flaschberger

PSALM 104:24-34, 35b

24How manifold are your works, O Lord!
  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number,
  living things both small and great.
26There go the ships to and fro, and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it. 
27All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. 
28You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are terrified;
  when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever; O Lord, rejoice in all your works. 
32You look at the earth and it trembles; you touch the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being.
34May these words of mine please God. I will rejoice in the Lord.
35bBless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah! 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

3bNo one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
  4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
           12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Pastor Erik Roth

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

O shelter me, O shelter me: the way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me: all will be well if only you will shelter me.

Words and Music; First Line: Shepherd and sheep, my God and I / O shelter me, O shelter me © 2020, GIA Publications, Inc.                              Contributors: Michael Joncas

GOSPEL READING

The Holy Gospel, according to John 20:19-23, Glory to you, O Lord.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading   Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY Baptized in Water   ELW# 456

BAPTISM  Kenneth Bartlett

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

After each petition, all reply: Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER                 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN O Holy Spirit, Root of Life    ELW# 399

BLESSING 

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead raise you to new life,

fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.  Amen

SENDING HYMN  O Day, Full of Grace  ELW# 627

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.  

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Lector: Richard Fredrickson

Cantors: Carolyn Flaschberger

Piano: Kristen Weikum

Presiding: Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson,

From sundaysandseasons.com.

Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Worship Service for May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson 

PRELUDE WELCOME
HYMN Rise, O Sun of Righteousness       ELW# 657

Text:  Christian David, et al; tr. Frank W. Stoldt
Music:  Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengeseng (Public Domain)
 Text © 2003 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
Alleluia! Christ is risen.    
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING:  Acts 1:6-14              
6When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.                     
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading
Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson, Tucker Nelson

(Omitted in the video recording…)
PSALM 
68:1-10, 32-35
1Let God arise, and let God’s ene- | mies be scattered;
  let those who | hate God flee.
2As smoke is driven away, so you should drive | them away;
as the wax melts before the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the pres- | ence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice | before God;
  let them also be mer- | ry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who | rides the clouds;
I Am is that name, rejoice | before God!
5In your holy habita- | tion, O God,
  you are a father to orphans, defend- | er of widows;
6you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners | into freedom;
but the rebels shall live in | desert places.
7O God, when you went forth be- | fore your people,
  when you marched | through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the | God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the | God of Israel.
9You sent a bountiful | rain, O God;
  you restored your inheritance | when it languished.
10Your people found their | home in it;
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision | for the poor.
32Sing to God, O kingdoms | of the earth;
  sing praises | to the Lord.
33You ride in the heavens, O God, in the | ancient heavens;
you send forth your voice, your | mighty voice.
34Ascribe pow- | er to God,
  whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is | in the skies.
35How wonderful you are in your holy places, O | God of Israel,
giving strength and power to your people! | Blessed be God!

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11                                Lector Tucker Nelson
12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go.
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel, according to John 17:1-11, Glory to you, O Lord.
1After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”              
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

HYMN OF THE DAY Son of God, Eternal Savior                                                           ELW# 655

Text:  Somerset C. Lowry
 Music:  Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen; arr. Julius Röntgen
Public Domain

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 
After each petition, all reply:Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER          
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  I Come with Joy                                                                         ELW# 482

Text:  Brian A. Wren
Music:  W. Walker, Southern Harmony (Public Domain)
Text © 1971, rev. 1995 Hope Publishing Company
 Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

BLESSING 
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.  Amen

SENDING HYMN Blest Be the Tie That BindsELW# 656

SENDING
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Lector: Tucker Nelson
Cantors: Scott & Patty Chandler
Piano: Twilla Ann Ahola
Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

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Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE Mark Ongalo, Piano
WELCOME Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth
HYMN What Wondrous Love Is This    ELW # 666    Carolyn Flaschberger

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Erik

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.
To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

THIS IS THE FEAST OF VICTORY FOR OUR GOD…

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING  Acts 17:22-31   Lector, Dean Johnson
22Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
 Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Deacon Kari Olson, Dean Johnson, Pastor Erik Roth

PSALM 66:8-20
8Bless our | God, you peoples; let the sound of | praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us a- | mong the livingand has not allowed our | feet to slip.
10For you, O God, have | tested us; you have tried us just as sil- | ver is tried.
11You brought us in- | to the net;you laid heavy burdens up- | on our backs.
12You let people ride over our heads; we went through | fire and water,
  but you brought us out into a place | of refreshment.
13I will enter your house | with burnt offeringsand will pay | you my vows—
14those that I promised | with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I | was in trouble.
15I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the | smoke of rams;
I will give you ox- | en and goats.
16Come and listen, all you | who believe, and I will tell you what God has | done for me.
17I called out to God | with my mouth,and praised the Lord | with my tongue.
18If I had cherished evil | in my heart, the Lord would | not have heard me;
19but in truth | God has heard meand has attended to the sound | of my prayer.
20Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld unfailing love from me.  

SECOND READING 1 Peter 3:13-22
13Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go.
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING The Holy Gospel, according to John 14:15-21, Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”       
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.  
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

HYMN OF THE DAY Jesus Loves Me     ELW # 595

APOSTLE’S CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSIONNote: After each petition, all reply:Hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER  Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together.         
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  Mark Ongalo, Piano

BLESSING  May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen
SENDING HYMN: Love Divine, All Loves ExcellingELW # 631

SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. 
Thank you for Worshipping with us today.
Lectoring: Dean Johnson
Cantoring: Carolyn Flaschberger
Piano: Mark Ongalo
Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020

 WELCOME Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA Pastor Erik Roth 
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA Deacon Kari Olson   

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Erik

HYMN Taste and See ELW # 493Sharon Panula

Refrain

        Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord

        Oh, taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord

1      I will bless the Lord at all times.  Praise shall always be on my lips

        my soul shall glory in the Lord; for God has been so good to

me.  Refrain

2      Glorify the Lord with me.  Together let us all praise God’s name

        I called the Lord, who answered me; from all my troubles

I was set free.  Refrain

3      Worship the Lord, all you people.  You’ll want for nothing if you ask

        Taste and see that the Lord is good;

in God we need put all our trust.  Refrain

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image and planted us in a well-watered garden. In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched, and you gave us water from the rock. When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters. At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side, and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life. We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font, and for all water everywhere. Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love. Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

This is the Feast

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING  Acts 7:55-60

55Filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

 Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections of the Reading

PSALM 31:1-5, 15-16

1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
  deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are my tower of strength. 
5Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.”

*Reflections of the Reading

SECOND READING 1 Peter 2:2-10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
  4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious;
 and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
 “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
8and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
  9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections of the Reading

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page # 151  Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go. You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING The Holy Gospel, according to John 14:1-14, Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
  8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.                                                               

SERMON: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY You Are the Way   ELW # 758

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried;

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church,

The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSIONNote: After each petition, all reply: “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”   ELW #780

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need. A brief silence.

Build us up, mothering God, as living stones united in your spiritual house. Continually strengthen your church as it is sent forth to proclaim your love. We pray especially for new congregations and those in redevelopment. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation. Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Align our ways to your love, O God. We pray for countries, leaders, and other organizations as they prepare places for those seeking refuge and safety. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

God of healing and rest, help those whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by many troubles. Comfort their suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage. We give thanks for all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

Generous God, you call into your brilliant light all who have died. Give us faith to take hold of the promise of your eternal life. Lord, in your mercy, “Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”     

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER  Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power,  and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ, Verses 1 & 3   ELW # 674    

BLESSING  May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen

SENDING HYMN: Now the Green Blade Rises, Verses 1 & 4       ELW # 379

SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for Worshiping with us today.

Lectoring: Nathan LeBeque

Cantoring: Sharon & Ken Panula

Piano: Kristen Weikum

Presiding: Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth

Happy Mother’s Day

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, May 3, 2020

PRELUDE: Pianist, Carol Carlson, Knife River Lutheran Church       
WELCOME: Presiding Minister Bishop Tom Aitken, NEMN Synod
Assisting Minister Pr. Susan Berge, Knife River Lutheran Church

INVOCATION:  Bishop Tom Aitken

CONFESSION/ABSOLUTION

Bishop: Blessed be the Holy Trinity, +One God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy
endures forever. Amen. Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires
known and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the
inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify
your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Most merciful God,

All: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Bishop: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

All: Glory to God ( Sing together, page # 139)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father, We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, You alone are the most high Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, In the glory of God the Father. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Bishop: O God our Shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

PSALM 23
1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
 he leads me beside still waters;
3he restores my soul.
  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
 I fear no evil; for you are with me;
 your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
 you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
 and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

THE HOLY GOSPEL: John 10:1-10
Jesus uses an image familiar to the people of his day to make a point about spiritual leadership. Those who listen to Jesus are led to abundant life.

[Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

SERMON:  Bishop Thomas Aitken

HYMN Children of the Heavenly Father # 781 (verses 1,2)

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.


APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH:  Pr. Susan Berge

Note: After each petition, all sing together:
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”  ELW #780

In our separate homes, but gathered together in the Spirit, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

Shepherding God, draw us closer to You as our Good Shepherd, trusting in Your guidance and following Your lead. Give us hearts to love you, minds to know you, and wills to serve you. Draw us daily into closer communion with you and into closer community with those around us.
Hear us, gracious Lord…
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”      

God of resurrection, from the very beginning you give the church the gift of witnesses, as preachers, teachers, and pastors. Bless all who proclaim the good news at this time, especially our local pastors, our Bishop, Tom Aitkin, and our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton.
Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”      

We give thanks for the technology by which we stay connected; for the food we have; for support of our community of faith. Bless the creativity of worship leaders during this time, especially for all who are assisting the digital sharing of worship, that the faithful be nourished.
Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”      

We lift up to you our distraught world facing the coronavirus; for countries hardest hit; for those who grieve their dead; for the sick and their families; for those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; for those fearful of an unknown future; for the millions of unemployed; for all service workers; for children at home; for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; for physicians, nurses, home health aides and medical researchers. Hear us, gracious Lord …
“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”      

We pray for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for the heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus, and in distributing governmental economic aid.
Hear us, gracious Lord …

“Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life”      

Into your hands, Shepherding God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your grace and mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Gathered together by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING Please give your offering to your local congregation’s ministries.

HYMN: Now the Green Blade Rises ELW #731 (verses 1,4)

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat arising green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Your touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat arising green.

BENEDICTION

Bishop: The God of all grace, +Bless you now and forever, Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: “God be with you till we meet again” ELW #536 ( verse 1,2)

God be with you till we meet again,
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you,
God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again,
’Neath His wings protecting hide you,
Daily manna still divide you,
God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]

DISMISSAL

Bishop: Go in Peace, Serve the Lord.

All: “Thanks be to God.”

Postlude: Pianist, Carol Carlson, Knife River Lutheran Church
Videographer: Administrative Assistant, NEMN Synod, Sarah Roe
Presiding Minister: Bishop Tom Aitken, NEMN Synod,
Assisting Minister: Pr. Susan Berge, Knife River Lutheran Church 

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Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Welcome

Thanksgiving for Baptism
P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.          
CChrist is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Entrance Hymn                 “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright ”                      ELW 384

Text:  Latin Hymn, 5th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale
Music:  European tune, adapt. Michael Praetorius
Public Domain

Greeting
P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C          And also with you.

Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”                 ELW Pg. 101

Prayer of the Day:O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Word
God speaks to us in scripture reading,preaching & song.

Message for All God’s Children

First Reading:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41       
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
A  Word of God, Word of Life.     C  Thanks be to God.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1I love the Lord, who has | heard my voice,
  and listened to my | supplication,
2for the Lord has given | ear to me
whenev- | er I called.
3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave | came upon me;
  I came to | grief and sorrow.
4Then I called upon the name | of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray you, | save my life.” 
12How shall I re- | pay the Lord
  for all the good things God has | done for me?
13I will lift the cup | of salvation
and call on the name | of the Lord.
14I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
  in the presence of | all God’s people.
15Precious in your | sight, O Lord,
is the death | of your servants.
16O Lord, truly I | am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me | from my bonds.
17I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving
and call upon the name | of the Lord. 
18I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
  in the presence of | all God’s people,
19in the courts of | the Lord‘s house,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. | Hallelujah! 

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Second Reading:  1 Peter 1:17-23
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.

17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
A  Word of God, Word of Life.     C  Thanks be to God.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                  ELW Pg. 102

Gospel:  Luke 24:13-35
The colorful story of Jesus’ appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. Here, he is revealed through the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.

P          The Holy Gospel ….     C         Glory to you, O Lord.
13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
P  The Gospel of the Lord.   C Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflections on the Scripture Reading

Hymn of the Day                                 “Day of Arising”                                     ELW 374

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
A          O God……,
C          give ear to us.

Peace

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ.

Offering Music                   “When We Face an Unknown Future”  
By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Performed by Scott & Patty Chandler and Twilla Ann Ahola

When we face an unknown future that we can’t imagine yet,
when the closeness we have treasured turns from blessing into threat —
As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community,
may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.

Jesus faced the lonely desert as a time to look within.
There he met such trial and conflict; there he knew you were with him.
In this time of separation when we miss the life we’ve known,
may we hear your voice proclaiming: “I am here! You’re not alone.”

May we cherish those around us as we never have before.
May we think much less of profit; may we learn what matters more.
May we hear our neighbors’ suffering; may we see our neighbors’ pain.
May we learn new ways of offering life and health and hope again.

God, when illness comes to threaten, and when so much here goes wrong,
may we know this thing for certain — that your love is sure and strong.
You’re beside us in our suffering — and when times are surely tough,
we may face an unknown future, but it’s filled, Lord, with your love.
Text © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.
All rights reserved.  Permission granted for free use in worship.
Harmonization (Beach Spring, attr. B.F. White) 2017 © by Christopher Gage.
All rights reserved.  Permission granted for free use in worship.


Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.


Sending
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Blessing          
P    May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C   Amen.

Sending Song             “We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus”                                    ELW 451

Text & Music:  John C. Ylvisaker
Text and music © 1985 John C. Ylvisaker
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude   Twilla Ann Ahola

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Second Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
 
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Prelude   Mark Ongalo

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

+ Thanksgiving for Baptism
P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.            
CChrist is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

+Entrance Hymn         “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!”              ELW 385

Text:  Cyril A. Alington
Music:  Melchior Vulpius (Public Domain)
Text © 1958, ren. 1986 Hymns Ancient and Modern, admin. Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

+Greeting
P             The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C             And also with you.


+ Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”                         ELW Pg. 101

+Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Word
God speaks to us in scripture reading,preaching & song.

Message for All God’s Children

First Reading:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32     
After the Holy Spirit comes to the apostles on Pentecost, Peter preaches the gospel to the gathered crowd. He tells them that Jesus, who obediently went to his death according to God’s plan, was raised from the dead by God. Finally, he appeals to scripture, quoting Psalm 16:8-11, to show that Jesus is the Messiah: though crucified, the risen Jesus is now enthroned.

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him,
 ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
  for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
  moreover my flesh will live in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
  or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28You have made known to me the ways of life;
  you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
 ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
  nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

A  Word of God, Word of Life.     CThanks be to God.

Psalm 16
1Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;
  I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are | in the land,
upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3But those who run after | other gods
  shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings | to such gods,
never take their names up- | on my lips. 
5O Lord, you are my portion | and my cup;
  it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;
indeed, I have a | rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who | gives me counsel;
  my heart teaches me night | after night.
8I have set the Lord al- | ways before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall | not be shaken. 
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;
  my body also shall | rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me | to the grave,
nor let your holy one | see the pit.
11You will show me the | path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore. 

Second Reading:  1 Peter 1:3-9
This epistle was written to encourage Christians experiencing hardships and suffering because of their faith in Christ. The letter opens by blessing God for the living hope we have through Christ’s resurrection even amid difficult circumstances and surroundings.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

A  Word of God, Word of Life.     CThanks be to God.

+Gospel Acclamation                                                                                    ELW Pg. 102

+Gospel:  John 20:19-31
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But one of their number is missing, and his unbelief prompts another visit from the Lord.

P             The Holy Gospel ….     C         Glory to you, O Lord.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him,
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

P  The Gospel of the Lord.   CPraise to you, O Christ.

Sermon  Pastor Erik Roth & Deacon Kari Olson

+Hymn of the Day            “Christ Is Alive!  Let Christians Sing”                        ELW 389

Text:  Brian A. Wren
Music:  T.  Williams, Psalmodia Evangelica (Public Domain)
Text © 1975, rev. 1995 Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

+Prayers of Intercession
A             Protect the……, oh God.  
C             for we take refuge in you.

+Peace

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ.

Offering Music  Mark Ongalo

+Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                          
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Sending
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

+ Blessing     
P     May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C    Amen.

+ Sending Song                              “Thine Is the Glory”                                  ELW 376

Text:  Edmond Budry; tr. R. Birch Hoyle
Music:  George Frideric Handel
Public Domain


+ Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude Mark Ongalo

From sundaysandseasons.com.
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The Resurrection of Our Lord
April 12, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
 
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson
 

Prelude Music   Twilla Ann Ahola

Gathering
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Welcome

+ Entrance Hymn   “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”   ELW 365

+ Greeting
P    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C    And also with you.

+ Thanksgiving for Baptism

P    Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C    Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P    Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.
We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning you created us in your image
and planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

+ Hymn of Praise“This is the Feast of Victory”

+ Prayer of the Day
P    The Lord be with you.  C  And also with you.

P    Let us pray.
God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.           
C  Alleluia!Amen!

Word

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching & song.
Message for all God’s Children

First Lesson:  Acts 10:34-43
Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, is a summary of the essential message of Christianity: Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, “receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

34Peter began to speak to [the people]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
A    The Word of the Lord.                      C  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;
  God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”
14The Lord is my strength | and my song,
  and has become | my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous:
“The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord| is exalted!
  The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not | die, but live,
and declare the works | of the Lord.
18The Lord indeed pun- | ished me sorely,
  but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the Lord.
20“This is the gate | of the Lord;
  here the righ- | teous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
  has become the chief | cornerstone.
23By the Lord has | this been done;
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | Lord has made;
  let us rejoice and be | glad in it.

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
Easter means new life for us as it first meant new life for Christ. His resurrection reshapes the entire focus and motivation for our lives since we are now hidden with the risen Christ in God.

1If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
A    The Word of the Lord.                      C  Thanks be to God.

+Gospel Acclamation “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah”  ELW 172

+Gospel  Matthew 28:1-10

Sorrow gives way to “fear and great joy” when two women are sent by an angel to proclaim the good news: Jesus is risen!

P          The Holy Gospel ….     C       Glory to you, O Lord.

1After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

P          The Gospel of the Lord.         C          Praise to you, O Christ


+Gospel Response  “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah”   ELW 172   See above ~

Sermon Pastor Erik Roth & Deacon Kari Olson

+ Hymn of the Day  “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia”   ELW 364 (Vs. 1, 4, 5)

(Vs. 1) Christ has arisen, alleluia.
Rejoice and praise him, alleluia.
For our redeemer burst from the tomb,
even from death, dispelling its gloom.

Refrain
Let us sing praise to him with endless joy.
Death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving, alleluia!
Jesus is living, alleluia!

(Vs. 4) “Go spread the news: he’s not in the grave.
He has arisen this world to save.
Jesus’ redeeming labors are done.
Even the battle with sin is won.”  Refrain

(Vs. 5) Christ has arisen to set us free.
Alleluia, to him praises be.
Jesus is living! Let us all sing;
he reigns triumphant, heavenly king.  Refrain

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
           the Father, the Almighty,
            maker of heaven and earth,
            of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
            the only Son of God,
            eternally begotten of the Father,
            God from God, Light from Light,
            true God from true God,
            begotten, not made,
            of one Being with the Father;
            through him all things were made.

            For us and for our salvation
                        he came down from heaven,
                        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
                        and became truly human.
                        For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
                        he suffered death and was buried.
                        On the third day he rose again
                        in accordance with the scriptures;
                        he ascended into heaven
                        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                        He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
                        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
            who with the Father and the Son
 is worshiped and glorified,
            who has spoken through the prophets.
            We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
            We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
            We look for the resurrection of the dead,
                        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

+ Prayers of Intercession
A  Gathered around Christ crucified and risen, let us pray for the whole people of God, the earth, and all who cry out for healing.

A brief silence.

A    Lord in your mercy,              C  Hear our prayer.

+ Sharing the Peace
P    The peace of the risen Lord be with you always.
C    And also with you.

Meal
The Meal unites us as one body in Christ,
so that we may proclaimGod’s salvation to all the world.

Offering Instrumental   Twilla Ann Ahola

+ Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
      thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
             on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
      forever and ever. Amen.

Sending
God blesses usand sends us in mission to the world.
+ Blessing     
P     May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C  Amen.
+ Sending Song  “Thine Is the Glory”    ELW 376

+ Dismissal
A   Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C   Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Postlude   Twilla Ann Ahola

From sundaysandseasons.com.
Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
Copyright: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” – Text:  Latin carol, 14th cent., sts. 1-3; tr. J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt; Charles Wesley, st. 4.  Music:  J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708; Public Domain.  “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” – Text & Music (Caribbean Traditional):  Public Domain.  “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia – Text: Bernard Kyamanywa; tr. Howard S. Olson.  Music:  Tanzanian traditional (Public Domain). Swahili text © 1968 Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress. English text © 1977 Howard S. Olson, admin. Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.  “Thine is the Glory” – Text:  Edmond Budry, Music:  George Frederic Handel; Public Domain.
 

Reformation Sunday Oct. 27

REFORMATION SUNDAY:

Shared OMG services will be held @ Gethsemane

  • 8:30am (Reformation Service)
  • 10:30am (Confirmation Service).
  • NO worship service will be held at OSL or Messiah Lutheran Church next Sunday, Oct. 27th!
  • There will be a joined choir at the 8:30 service, you are invited to practice at GELC Wednesdays at 6:oopm for the service.                                

Bishop Tom Atkin will preside both services.

Ecclesiastes 5:18

Ecclesiastes 5:18

This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.

Wow, it is August! How did that happen? Is it just me or does it seem like the summer has flown by? Last May I wrote a list of all the things I want to do, places to see and house projects to complete during the summer… I still have a long way to go on my list. In reality, I haven’t achieved much on my list because this summer has been quite busy at church. But, busy is generally a good thing. Busy means that the Spirit is active and energized. My busy life received a wake-up call today when I read a daily devotional that my friend sent me. I read the book of Ecclesiastes. (I encourage you to read this book now before continuing with the newsletter. It is only 11 pages)

Ecclesiastes was written by a wise teacher. A teacher who reflects upon their life shares words of advice. The teacher realizes that many years were spent striving after riches, success, accomplishments, and even wisdom is like chasing after the wind. The teacher says that constant striving doesn’t bring fulfillment or meaning to life, and that life is meant to be enjoyed.

In the devotional, my friend reminded me that when I read Ecclesiastes to read it like it was written to me personally from a friend, from someone who knows me and knows what I need to hear. I suggest you do the same. When you read it, take it as encouragement to occasionally step back from the work of life. To take it as permission to leave your work, even if just for a moment, and to step out under the sun – after all it is August and the days are getting shorter every day. Ecclesiastes reminds us to accept God’s invitation to sabbath, as an invitation to rest.

These Holy words have been a major help to me this week and month. Summer is almost over, and it should be enjoyed and spent surrounded by loved ones. September is going to bring lots of exciting youth ministries and other activities, and we are going to need to be well-rested.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik

 

Hope & Expectation

Romans 5:1-5

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ. Romans 5:1-5 is one of the readings coming up on Sunday. I find lots of meaning and significance in this reading. One of the things I like is the vocabulary word “hope” that the Apostle Paul uses. Interestingly, another interpretation of the word “hope” from Greek into English is “expectation.” So, we can read verse 2 in a different way, “ we boast in our expectation of sharing the glory of God.” The word “hope” and expectation” can mean the same thing, but I feel as if “expectation” is a bit stronger and more concrete.   It is especially strong in light of the end of verse 4 through verse 5- “character produces expectation and expectation does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. The Apostle Paul states in a factual way that the Holy Spirit has already put God’s love into our hearts, and because this act has already happened, we can expect and plan on participating in and sharing God’s glory.

Often times we think of hope in a passive way. For example, I hope there will be an ice cream sandwich waiting for me in the freezer after the kids are asleep in their bed tonight. There might be ice cream or there might not be. I don’t know. Hope implies some doubt.

Therefore, when it comes to God and our relationship with God – God’s love and sharing in God’s glory is more than simple “hope” it is expectation based on who God is due to the love and grace that God has already poured into us.

Have a wonderful week everyone. It is my expectation that all of you will continue to be lead by the Holy Spirit in new, fulfilling and life-giving ways.

Blessings ~ Pastor Erik

 

A Challenging Love

John 14:23-29

23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

                Last week we focused on the “new commandment” that Jesus spoke of in John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” I interpret this weeks Gospel reading from John 14 in light of John 13. Therefore, when Jesus instructs Judas (not Iscariot) that the keeping of Jesus’ word is connected to the love of the Father together with the mutual indwelling of Jesus and the Father with the disciple. So, loving each other just as Jesus modeled his love for people is what we are understanding verse 23 to be about. Again, this love that Jesus is commanding is agape love. It is not romantic (eros) love. It is brotherly/friendship love (philia). It is a self-giving, humbling, servant, promise of unconditional welcoming and acceptance type of love.

For me, this scripture is extremely upsetting and challenging and I worry that I can’t live up to this expectation. In fact, I know I can’t. However, I am greatly relieved and calmed by verse 26 because in it Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to be my guide, teacher and advocate. By naming the Holy Spirit as a teacher, Jesus acknowledges that he knows I still have more to learn and that “I’m not there yet.” So, of course I am upset and challenged, as I suspect most of you are to because at the moment, I am not equipped to fulfill this expectation. But I will be because of the Spirit’s promise. And you will be too.

Your co-worker in Christ~ Pastor Erik

“. . .If You Have Love for One Another”

“. . .If you have love for one another.” 

John 13:31-35 Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,  if you have love for one another.”

This Sunday’s gospel reading is commonly known as the “love commandment.” Interestingly, Jesus declares that he has a “new” commandment for the disciples. However, the commandment “love one another” is not new. It is a solid Old Testament theme that has been a foundation of the faith for many generations. Leviticus 19:18 states, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Also, Leviticus 19:34 “The foreigner who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God”
So, in what sense is this new commandment to love one another new? Identifying the context of John 13 is helpful. John 13:1-21 is the depiction of Jesus portraying servant leadership by washing the feet of the disciples. Jesus is modeling love by humbling himself and serving rather than being served. Therefore, serving others is what love is. Then in John 13: 21-31, Jesus foretells his betrayal by Judas. This betrayal sets in motion the arrest, sentence, humiliation, crucifixion, and ultimately the death of Jesus. Wow. Judas has done immense evil and caused terrible pain. Jesus knew all along what Judas would do, but he still included him in the foot washing. So, Jesus models the act of love to include forgiveness and mercy. As if that is not enough John 13:36-38 is Jesus’ prediction that Peter will deny Jesus three times. So, Jesus’ love is even abundantly given to those who cowardly deny knowing him.
Loving others who are kind, gentle and loyal is easy. Jesus commands his followers to move above and beyond the easy and convenient life. Loving others who have betrayed us, caused pain, abandoned us, and live a life of greed and self-service what we are called to do. No, simple task, and we can’t do it alone. In order to lead a loving life we need to support of each other. We need to worship and be part of a community. We need to hear over and over again that we are loved, blessed and forgiven by God. We need to know that every day, through the gift of baptism, we are born-again and can start fresh.

God’s Love~ Pastor Erik

 

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